November 12, 2013

AHL Journal: P-Bruins' offense firing on all cylinders

By Mike Miccoli

Center Ryan Spooner leads Providence with 14 points through 11 games. (Getty Images)

It’s hard to pick only one standout player for a team that won three straight games in as many days and scored 19 goals. Needless to say, it was a pretty big weekend for the Providence Bruins and some of Boston’s most promising prospects.

Seven members of the P-Bruins recorded four points or more over three games, with Ryan Spooner leading the way with seven assists. Even more impressive, all of Spooner’s helpers came in the first two games of the weekend as Boston’s second-round draft pick from the 2010 NHL Entry Draft was held scoreless in Sunday’s matinee.

In Friday’s 8-5 win over the Hartford Wolfpack,  Craig Cunningham and Matt Fraser recorded hat tricks with Fraser tallying a fourth for good measure. According to the AHL Communications staff, Cunningham and Fraser are the first teammates with hat tricks in the same game in over four years. Cunningham finished the weekend with four goals and an assist while Fraser finished with five and an assist. Fraser is now second in the AHL with 11 goals.

Not to be outdone by his teammates, center Carter Camper ended the weekend with two goals and four assists in three games, scoring two points per contest. Camper snapped a four-game point-less streak with his robust offense that included the game-winning goal in Saturday’s 5-2 win over the Worcester Sharks.

Alexander Khokhlachev added two scores and an assist on Sunday’s 6-0 win over the Wolfpack, giving him a total of three goals and two helpers this weekend. Jared Knight and Joe Morrow round out the seven with four points apiece. Knight had a goal and three assists while Morrow assisted on four goals in Providence’s three games.

News and Notes

  • After dropping two games in Springfield last weekend, the Hartford Wolfpack’s losing streak extended to four games after falling to Providence on Friday and Sunday night. Team captain and AHL leading scorer among defenseman, Aaron Johnson was a team-worst -6 in the two losses. With many of their key-offensive cogs up with the New York Rangers, the Wolfpack were outscored 14-5 in the two games, including an ugly shutout loss on Sunday. During that game, the Wolfpack racked up a total of 94 penalty minutes including a goalie fight, featuring Providence’s Malcolm Subban and Hartford’s Scott Stajcer.

  • The Worcester Sharks have scored only 22 goals this season, the fewest of any team in the AHL. After losing three-straight games this weekend and only scoring six goals, head coach Roy Sommer will need to inspire more production from his forwards if they want to move up from the basement of the Eastern Conference. With a 3-7 record and no other player coming close to Daniil Tarasov’s six goals, the Sharks need to get some momentum going fast.

  • Tim Erixon snapped a four-game drough,t scoring a goal and assisting on another in the Springfield Falcons’ win over the Wilkes-Barres/Scranton Penguins on Sunday. After starting the season ablaze with two goals and seven assists in his first three games, Erixon’s production cooled off a bit. Sunday’s win for the Falcons helped them to maintain first place in the Northeast Division, with both the Adirondack Phantoms and Norfolk Admirals a point behind.

  • Big weekend for first-career wins in the AHL. Subban got his first win on Saturday night  for the P-Bruins, while Bridgeport Sound Tigers’ goalie Kenny Reiter picked up his on Sunday. Both goalies were 0-3 this season before their win, with Subban going on to pick up another victory on Sunday over the Wolfpack. In his AHL career, Reiter carried an 0-9-0-2 record over three seasons, making his win an even bigger relief.

The Week Ahead

Monday, November 11

Bridgeport Sound Tigers @ Albany Devils (2pm)

Wednesday, November 13

Norfolk Admirals @ Manchester Monarchs (10am)

Worcester Sharks @ St. John’s IceCaps (7:30pm)

Friday, November 15

Albany Devils @ Hartford Wolfpack (7pm)

Bridgeport Sound Tigers @ Springfield Falcons (7pm)

Norfolk Admirals @ Providence Bruins (7:05pm)

Worcester Sharks @ St. John’s IceCaps (7:30pm)

Manchester Monarchs @ Portland Pirates (7:30pm)

Saturday, November 16

Hartford Wolfpack @ Bridgeport Sound Tigers (7pm)

Norfolk Admirals @ Manchester Monarchs (7pm)

Springfield Falcons @ Portland Pirates (7pm)

Worcester Sharks @ St. John’s IceCaps (7:30pm)

Sunday, November 17

Portland Pirates @ Providence Bruins (3:05pm)

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